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January 8, 2015 | by Laura
How To Explore the Cuisines of the World Without Leaving London

With its eclectic mix of nationalities, vibrant spots and up-and-coming areas, London is a city like no other. Take ten steps from the doors of Kings Cross, and you’re sure to hear five languages. And four regional accents. This beautiful mix of exotic and home-grown creates a fusion unique to our capital, and one which […]

With its eclectic mix of nationalities, vibrant spots and up-and-coming areas, London is a city like no other. Take ten steps from the doors of Kings Cross, and you’re sure to hear five languages. And four regional accents. This beautiful mix of exotic and home-grown creates a fusion unique to our capital, and one which the foodies of the world are putting to good use. Here’s how to take a trip around the world without going past zone three.

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France is merely a short train ride away from the city, so it is hardly surprising that some of the most established spots in the city channel French inspiration. From the hip Shoreditch haunts to authentic little bistros hidden in the narrow streets behind Green Park station; there is simply too much for one person to discover.

Of course, we don’t need to go to London to indulge in French cuisine, so make the most of your trip and experience something exotic. The influx of nationalities into the capital means that you can find nearly anything to tickle your fancy. The best Lebanese restaurant in London is likely to be just around the corner from a hidden-away Turkish gem, so it pays to take to the streets and explore for yourself.

Few people realise just how small London is. Hoping on and off tubes gives us a biased idea of how close our destinations really are. Spend some time exploring on foot or hop onto a bus and make sure you get a window seat. Some of the best restaurants are well and truly off the beaten path. Don’t let the locals monopolise them! Go exploring and see what you can find.

For those of you interested in a fusion of tastes, it has to be the street food markets. Pop-ups in Dalston, farmers markets in Brixton and (obviously) the maze that is Camden Market have some exciting mixes. Try the famous bang-bang chicken (no one really knows what it is) or sample some mind blowing curries. If you fancy a change, there’s sure to be a little trailer somewhen offering something truly innovative.

Those with dietary restrictions can also indulge in some exotic discoveries. Celiacs and people with wheat intolerance tend to be restricted when dining out. There is a variety of cuisines uniquely suited to them and, yup that’s right, you guessed it – they’re all to be found in the capital. Mexican dishes are often based on rice and corn so are celiac friendly. Likewise, Thai, Greek and Middle Eastern restaurants can open up a whole new world to those with this particular dietary restriction.

For the vegetarians there’s always the Indian, Ethiopian and Mediterranean dishes, all packed full of vegetables and super tasty. Israeli restaurants (of which there are a few) are also superb for the veggie lovers since pork and shellfish won’t factor on the menu. These kosher venues never cook meat with milk either, so opting for something creamy is a good bet.

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